I Love this camera,.....this order was VERY disaappointing
24 June 2014
Summary: I have enjoyed using THIS camera in the past. I didn't receive this camera when I ordered a re-furbished camera. I received a non-waterproof....non-shockproof camera in a larger format. The camera that I received could have been bought at this camghra's List NEW price....After ZERO response from an irate e- letter...I said that their review would be scathing. With NO response I have not trusted them enough for me to send the wrong model camera back..
Summary: Yes the camera is tough. But the trade off is slow shutter speed. I knew this when it was bought but it seemed slower than I would expect. In the end we bought a cheaper and faster Canon at Target with an extended warranty. That ended up having a lens failure and Canon fully replaced it.
Summary: I'm mainly posting this review so that other users have information about the below issue. I bought the camera with a underwater shell style case to make it even more waterproof and actually have never put it in the water without this case since there is no reason to risk it. Besides the below (pretty serious) issue the camera has been great. If you leave the camera for long periods of time between uses, you may run into this issue.
It's an ok camera, but don't trust ALL of the hyped features.
Gregory A. Henry "atlantagreg", Amazon
2 September 2012
Summary: This is my third "Tough" model camera. The first one died after someone drove a truck over it (no, they don't stand up to trucks, in icy conditions), and I gave my second one away to a family member who lives in a wetter climate (it's still working for them). The 610 was my replacement for that. I'll simply list my Pros and Cons with a summary below: PROS: 1) Solid build construction compared to competition. Doesn't feel cheap.
Summary: We surf, fish, hike, play at the park with our kids. We needed a waterproof camera for all of these activities and have been using one with a waterproof casing for years. We decided to switch to one that is waterproof on its own. Bought this one for all of the incredible reviews (on this and other websites) about it's durability. I REALLY wanted to like this camera! It is durable, yes.
Summary: I would suggest that you look elsewhere. I love Olympus, and the camera specs are really tempting. In fact, this camera is actually fantastic, until it breaks 2 days into your vacation. I've had two of these, and used them in no unusual way (not deeper than 10ft) and took care of them as per the instructions.Both have leaked and had irreparable water damage. Once this thing gets water in it, it will never work again, just FYI. You'll be lucky to salvage your memory card.
Summary: Great camers and good photos but the battery door is poorly designed and pops open easily allowing water to ruin the camera..The end result is two destroyed cameras one year. The design should have a safety feature over battery compartment or be redesigned with different type of battery access. I am a San Francisco Bay swimmer and this is getting expensive!
Summary: My new TG610 arrived 4 days ago and I have been trying to make it do all of its stuff. It has yet to be in water, no dust and the current temperature is about 90 degrees. Its takes great -- normal pictures but while investigating its capabilities, I found two surprises. Under the Magic filter scheme - watercolor is washed out without spectral colors and form. Also, line drawing is washed out almost completely.
Excerpt: "...Vienna and Krakow revealed that Olympus were prominent in the game. *The lens cover began to be less than eager to get out of the way, resulting in a few shots being partly obscured. Being already a trifle ‘over-equipped’ in the camera department, I decided not to part with the cash for a new one. After all, without research it’s a very unsafe conclusion to assume that airport shops are cheaper any more and Amazon were knocking them out for £185. ...
Pros: Knockabout camera which can even be used underwater, well down to 16 feet anyway !
Cons: Battery life . Slightly soft results . Tendency to over - expose .